It’s summer (well, allegedly, anyway), and if you live near the beach, that means beach parties! If you’re in the middle of Brooklyn, however, it means drinking warmish beer on a grubby rooftop and pretending that, hey, you could be on a beach if you close your eyes and pretend hard enough. Alternatively, you could also retire back into your fan-less bedroom and watch music videos on YouTube. Specifically, you could watch videos featuring beach parties, of which there have always been a large number — and never moreso than in the 1990s, when pretty much every remotely upbeat song had a video featuring sun, sand, surf and skin. Here are ten of the best (along with a special bonus that really is the best).
Coolio — “Fantastic Voyage”
This endlessly enjoyable 1994 video opens with Coolio and his friend Spoon discussing how great it would be to have a beach barbecue, ideally in the company of some ladies. Unfortunately, they don’t have a car — just a sad, broken-down bike. But in our hero’s fantasy, that contraption is transformed into a classic convertible, ready to ferry a literally unlimited number of Coolio’s pals to an epic — and crowded! — party at what the map identifies as “da’ beach.” Was it all a dream? We may never know. — JB